Sometimes big things come in small packages, or so the saying goes. Such is the case with Segue 2, the name of a tiny galaxy near our own that is being called the “most lightweight” ever discovered. What’s more, however, is the reality that its relatively small number of stars are bound together with dark
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Remember the Emotion Engine from back in the PS2 days? Well, Sony’s still on about the emotional connection its consoles will bring to gamers — specifically, that of the PS4. And to showcase the console’s graphical sophistication, Worldwide Studios head Shuhei Yoshia played a 12-minute tech demo of Quantic Dream’s upcoming PS4 title, The Dark Sorcerer. The majority of the demo focused closely on the sorcerer in question’s face, giving an early glimpse of the nuance of hyper realistic expression capable in characters’ eyes and faces. Only a short snippet was shown on stage here at E3, but if you want to digest the entire thing, Sony’s planning to unveil the full 12-minute demo tomorrow afternoon.
Gallery: Sony E3 2013: The Dark Sorcerer
cylonlover writes “Recently the media has been saturated with overly-hyped reports that NASA’s Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer may have detected dark matter. These claims may have some justification if the word ‘may’ is shouted, but they rest on a number of really major assumptions and guesses, some of which are on weak and shifting soil. So just what was seen in the experiment, and what are the possible explanations?”
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From digital diapers to public toilets, are we over-connected? The dark side to ‘the Internet of things’
There are now connected dishwashers, garage doors, diapers and even public bathrooms. The term “the Internet of things” was coined in the 90s, long before you could connect your sprinkler system to the Internet. But does all of this connectedness make sense?
Sure, Mountain View may be bolstering its gaming efforts on mobile platforms and the web, but it’s seen fit to give Google+ Games the pink slip. After June 30th, the game section on the titan’s social network will go dark, but Page & Co. note that some titles will still be playable on other sites. Depending on developer support, folks who’ve turned hard-earned cash into in-game credits may still be able to spend unused coin during a grace period or when playing the same games through other websites. It’s not entirely clear why Google is sunsetting the portal, but it could certainly be part of its grand plan to focus on fewer things.
Scientists in Uruguay modified the genes of sheep using the fluorescent protein from an Aequarea jelly fish, causing the sheep to glow-in-the-dark. The sheep were born last October at the Animal Reproduction Institute of Uruguay. The sheep glow when they are exposed to certain ultraviolet light, emitting a glowing green color. Aside from glowing in
Action-RPG Dark Souls has sold an estimated 2,367,000 copies worldwide, according to the executive director of “From Software” (Dark Soul’s publisher in Japan), Eiichi Nakajima. The sales have amazed From Software so much that it decided to launch an Xbox 360 version of the game in Japan. While the game was released for both the
More Earth-gazing satellites are needed to better understand the phenomenon of so-called dark lightning, according to researchers speaking at a meeting of the European Geosciences Union in Vienna.
mbstone writes “Lightning researcher Joseph Dwyer of the Florida Institute of Technology claims that thunderstorms unleash sprays of X-rays and even intense bursts of gamma rays which could cause airline passengers to receive in an instant the maximum safe lifetime dose of ionizing radiation — the kind that wreaks the most havoc on the human body. Dwyer hopes his sensor aboard the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, will provide more data.”
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NASA will unveil the first discoveries from a powerful $ 2 billion particle physics experiment on the International Space Station in what could be a major vindication for the science tool, which almost never made it into space.
Some parts of the moon haven't seen the sun in millions, and even billions, of years but an unmanned NASA spacecraft is shedding light on these lunar lands of permanent darkness.
In the second century, an ethnically Greek Roman named Galen became doctor to the gladiators.
Dark Horse plans on releasing a new Mass Effect comic series titled, Mass Effect: Foundation. The series will be written by Mac Walters, who also helped write Mass Effect 2, and was the story lead writer for Mass Effect 3. Mass Effect: Foundation is said to feature a strong female character, and that the storyline
A Samsung patent lawsuit overturned today in a German court sought to prevent Apple from making it easy for blind iPhone users to access the VoiceOver feature — a text-to-speech app so essential that the National Federation for the Blind gave it an award.
In May 2011, a $ 2 billion machine called the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer-2 was mounted on the side of the International Space Station. The particle collector can detect dark matter, which it may very well have done. According to an announcement at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, some big news concerning dark matter
Big news in the search for dark matter may be coming in about two weeks, the leader of a space-based particle physics experiment said Sunday.
After studying the brains of violent killers, rapists and robbers, German neurologist Gerhard Roth claims to have found a “dark patch” in the central lobe — a genetic source of violent behavior.
Microsoft’s free previews of Windows 8 will expire in January, giving users about three weeks to upgrade to a paid copy or face hourly restarts.
Einstein discussed the phenomenon that physicists now call dark energy in correspondence with Schrodinger, reveals a physicist and historian of science
Long been the substance of rumors, many a’ gamer’s hopeful speculation has now been confirmed: Dark Souls 2 is official, and it’s heading towards a console near you. The announcement was made at VGA 2012, and a trailer appeared a short while later on YouTube, which has since been removed. Thus far no launch date
Scientists hoping to detect dark matter deep in a former South Dakota gold mine have taken the last major step before flipping the switch on their painstakingly delicate experiment.
Dark energy, the mysterious substance thought to be accelerating the expansion of the universe, almost certainly exists despite some astronomers’ doubts, a new study says.
Ecco Pro, a much beloved outliner and personal information management application for Windows was discontinued about 15 years ago. But you can still download it and run it on Windows 7 today thanks to the efforts of a handful of volunteers. Even though the software isn’t open source a few devotees have continued modding it and keeping it current for modern operating systems. They say that no modern application has yet replicated its functionality.
Another piece of software with longevity is Eudora, which as of 2009 was still in use by Steve Wozniak as per an interview with Lifehacker. Wozniak didn’t say which version he’s using, but since he says it’s been discontinued, I assume he’s using Eudora 6.2.4 or earlier, not the newer Thunderbird based Open Source Edition. I’ve heard of people using versions as old as 3. They say they can still do stuff with it they just can’t do with anything else.
If these were web applications, what are the odds people would still be using them today, more than a decade after they were officially discontinued? And are there any new web applications out today that are so good that 15 years from now users will still be clinging to them?
Google Glass is definitely something to get excited about, but do we want a world where everything is constantly connected through devices like it? A few years ago the notion would have seemed absurd, but now a future where everyone uses devices like Google Glass is certainly a possibility. A new short film named Sight
As if George Lucas wasn’t already milking his money-printing franchise for all it’s worth, comes this GPS gem out of Japan. To the (presumed) delight of fanboys everywhere, navigation maker Dinos has inked a licensing deal with Lucasfilm that conjures up an all-out, Star Wars-themed car nav system. From the orchestral theme music at startup to the voice guidance performed by the original Japanese VO actors (Darth Vader and C-3P0 only), the 5-inch LCD mount is pretty much the memorabilia stuff of a grown-up, scifi geek’s wet dream. There’s even a mode selection option to let users pledge their allegiance to either the “Empire” or the “Rebels,” in addition to 20 different custom vehicle indicator icons. Sounds fluffy enough, but the unit also does double duty as a OneSeg TV tuner and can even be used as a standalone set. It’s on sale now for 39,800Yen (US$ 507), but unless you’re living in the Land of the Rising Sun, this import’s just kitsch for kitsch’s sake.
Alt-week peels back the covers on some of the more curious sci-tech stories from the last seven days.
This week we swing by some superhero news, look at how solar panels might shape up in the future, explore a Lego forest and see how to grab dark matter just using some household gold and strands of DNA. Not only that, we discover how the sun likes to celebrate the fourth of July with its own firework display. This is alt / week
A giant string of invisible dark matter has been discovered across the universe between a pair of galaxy clusters.The filament forms a bridge between two huge clusters called Abell 222 and Abell 223, which lie 2.7 billion light-years away.
An unlikely group of physicists and biologists plan to build a dark matter detector out of DNA that will outperform anything available today
Perhaps the greatest and most fiercely contested race in modern science is the search for dark matter.
After being one of the strongest holdouts for not offerings its publications exclusively through the iPad, Time Inc has caved. The company, which publishes some of the most popular print publications like People, Sports Illustrated, Entertainment Weekly, and more, has announced that it will begin offering digital subscriptions through Apple’s Newsstand platform. It was one
The ever-expanding line of fabulously designed USB Flash Drives from Mimoco continues to get bigger with MIMOBOTS Batman and SDCC 2012 exclusive BANE from the upcoming blockbuster film The Dark Knight Rises! These two bots are being put out in anticipation of the film’s July 20th release and come packed with special Mimory and mimoDesk
If the limited edition Dark Knight Rises Nokia Lumia 900 took your interest yesterday, Phones4u has all the information you need in order to get your hands on one of the handsets. The retailer has spilled the beans regarding the exact number of phones that will be sold: 900. The phones will be available to
CWmike writes “CNET’s Declan McCullagh reported last week on the FBI’s argument that the massive shift of communications from the telephone system to the Internet ‘has made it far more difficult for the agency to wiretap Americans suspected of illegal activities.’ The law has already been expanded once, in 2004, to include broadband networks, but still excludes Web companies. The FBI says its surveillance efforts are in danger of ‘going dark’ if it is not allowed to monitor the way people communicate now. Not surprisingly, a range of opponents, from privacy advocates to legal experts, disagree — strongly. On key tech hitch with the plan, per ACLU attorney Mark Rumold and others: There is a difference between wiretapping phones and demanding a backdoor to Internet services. ‘A backdoor doesn’t just make it accessible to the FBI — it makes it vulnerable to others,’ Rumold says.”
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Mozilla, the developer group behind the popular Firefox browser, argued that Firefox is being banned from Windows 8, the forthcoming tablet-centric OS from Microsoft — and returning the company to the dark ages before competition.
It’s just a few more months before Batman fans – and really, just fans of good, quality cinema – will be treated to The Dark Knight rises in movie theaters across the country. But until then, we have to soak up every new trailer as soon as it comes online and start its requisite climb
A new study has found no trace of the mysterious substance known as dark matter around the sun, adding a twist to current theories, researchers say.
While Zynga and other gaming companies seem to be doing everything possible to claw their way off the Facebook canvas, at least one San Francisco company is still in. Big time.
With just shy of 5 million monthly active users on Facebook, Kixeye is ranked a dismal 72nd on the developer leaderboard behind Zynga, EA and Angry Birds-maker Rovio, according to tracking service AppData.
But the astonishing revenue Kixeye makes per user has the company on track to gross more than $ 100 million in total revenue this year. That’s up from between $ 25 to $ 50 million last year, according to an independent source familiar with Kixeye’s financials. Kixeye is part of a class of companies that is taking Facebook gaming far from its “Cow Clicker” past. The company doesn’t target the stereotypical 35-year-old female demographic that Zynga is well-known for, but rather a subset of hardcore gamers that are willing to pay up.
Think fewer virtual potatoes and more epic sea battles.
Dark matter must collide with human tissue and physicists have now calculated how often. The answer? More often than you might expect
One of the great challenges in cosmology is understanding the nature of the universe’s so-called missing mass.
In the latest round of disputes between pay-TV providers and networks over the millions of dollars we, the customers, are paying for service, Tribune Broadcasting Company (owner of several different broadcast networks nationwide including WGN America — list follows after the break) and DirecTV are going at it. As a result, the 23 broadcast networks under Tribune’s umbrella are no longer available on the satellite service, and there’s no indication when they’ll be coming back. Oddly, DirecTV claimed Thursday it had accepted Tribune’s terms, before the Tribune Company stated no deal had been reached. Now both sides are accusing the other of misleading viewers but no matter who is responsible the facts remain the same — until they settle things you’ll need to get those channels some other way.
mayberry42 writes “Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope are mystified by a merging galaxy cluster known as Abell 520 in which concentrations of visible matter and dark matter have apparently come unglued. A report on the Hubble observations, published in the Astrophysical Journal, raises more questions than answers about a cosmic pile-up that’s occurring 2.4 billion light-years away. ‘According to our current theory,’ says Arif Babul, the study team’s senior theorist, ‘galaxies and dark matter are expected to stay together, even through a collision. But that’s not what’s happening in Abell 520. Here, the dark matter appears to have pooled to form the dark core, but most of the associated galaxies seem to have moved on.’”
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A gravity-mapping spacecraft orbiting the moon has beamed home its first video of the lunar far side — a view people on Earth never see.
Can the world live without Wikipedia for a day? The shutdown of one of the Internet’s most-visited sites is not sitting well with some of its volunteer editors, who say the protest of anti-piracy legislation could threaten the credibility of their work.
Wikipedia will black out the English language version of its website Wednesday to protest anti-piracy legislation under consideration in Congress, the foundation behind the popular community-based online encyclopedia said in a statement Monday night.
Wikipedia has decided to black out the English version of the online encyclopedia for 24 hours on Wednesday to protest against controversial legislation in the U.S., following a cue given by some other Internet sites including social news site Reddit which will black out its site for 12 hours on the same day.
Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales wanted to send a “big message” to the U.S. government regarding the two heinous internet censorship bills currently being considered, and after a brief period of debate the world’s encyclopedia will soon do just that.
The Wikipedia founder announced on Twitter today that starting at midnight on Wednesday, January 18, the English language version of the world’s encyclopedia will go dark for 24 hours in protest of SOPA and PIPA. With their commitment confirmed, Wikipedia will be joining a slew of websites and companies that will suspend their operations for one day in an effort raise awareness around the two bills.
Online shoe and apparel shop Zappos.com is advising over 24 million customers to change their passwords following a data breach, but its website is currently inaccessible to people outside the U.S.